Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Epiphany: Ecclesiasticus 15.11-20
It should be mentioned that Anglicans don't establish doctrine based on the Apocrypha. That said, we do believe Christians can read them devotionally and will find beneficial material in them.
This week's Old Testament Reading comes from Ecclesiasticus 15:11-20:
Do not say, "It was the Lord's doing
that I fell away";
for he does not do what he
Do not say, "It was he who led me
for he has no need of the sinful.
The Lord hates all abominations;
such things are not loved by those
who fear him.
It was he who created humankind in
and he left them in the power of
their own free choice.
If you choose, you can keep the
and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice.
He has placed before you fire and
stretch out your hand for whichever
Before each person are life and death,
and whichever one chooses will be
For great is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is mighty in power and sees
his eyes are on those who fear him,
and he knows every human action.
He has not commanded anyone to be
and he has not given anyone
permission to sin.